Clyburn Says Biden’s Gaffes Have ‘Nothing To Do With His Brain,’ Points To Struggles With Stuttering
Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., speaks during the House Democrats 2024 Issues Conference opening news conference in Leesburg, Va., on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
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The myriad of gaffes by President Joe Biden has “nothing to do with his brain,” a veteran Democrat in Congress said on Saturday as he pointed to Biden’s lifelong fight to overcome a stutter.

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a co-chair of Biden’s re-election campaign, defended the 81-year-old president during an interview on CNN as polls show up to 86% of Americans believe Biden is too old to serve a second term in the White House.

“If Joe Biden commits a gaffe, a guy who stuttered all of his childhood, into his adulthood and everybody knows his stuttering is what caused a lot of his speech impediments, and we know that. It has nothing to do with his brain, he stumbles one time and everybody says, ‘He’s too old to be the president,'” Clyburn said.

The congressman then alluded to the release last week of a new survey of historians who ranked all the presidents from best to worst, placing Biden in 14 place and Trump in last place.

“Look, we had a president of these United States, I saw the rankings the other day, who was in the top ten, and some people got him in the top three: Franklin Roosevelt was in a wheelchair. It didn’t bother his brand,” Clyburn said.

Fresh questions about Biden’s ability to lead effectively were spurred by this month’s release of a report by special counsel Robert Hur that criticized Biden’s handling of classified documents. Although Hur did not recommend charges, the report added that Biden exhibited memory problems that likely would preclude a jury from convicting him.

Biden responded to Hur’s findings in an impromptu press conference during which he insisted that his memory was “fine” and then mixed up world leaders. In the days leading up to the report’s unveiling, Biden made headlines for talking about discussions with European heads of state who had died by the time he said the conversations took place.


Clyburn suggested former President Donald Trump, who is also running for re-election, does not get the same amount of press as Biden when it comes to gaffes or “meandering” remarks.

Although polls do not reflect as much concern about the age of 77-year-old Trump, Clyburn insisted, “There’s something wrong with Trump, and we noticed something wrong with Trump.”

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